John Lewis wasn’t cynical about change


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Q. Ever been beaten by “the law’ in a demonstration like this?

A. Yes

Q. In recent years?

A. I’m a retired old geezer. Don’t make it to demos much, anymore. The digital world helps me get my thoughts out, nowadays.

Q. Is the United States as racist, now, as it was BITD?

A. Pretty much. Yes. Politicians try to be more slick about disguising it – while letting the average voter know how they really feel.

Q. Think it will ever change?

A. Maybe. Not in my lifetime. I hold no brief for legislating understanding, good sense or progressive thought. It would be satisfaction enough if our politics graduated to protecting everyone who believes in equal rights, equal opportunity, building a society structured to provide education sufficient to open all these doors. Someone once said to me, “I don’t care if they don’t love me, I just don’t want them to get away with spending time trying to kill me.”

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